Most men choose to have a vasectomy when they are 100% certain that they don’t want any more babies or perhaps never wanted any children at all. Vasectomy puts the control right into the hands of the man and is the most effective of all the methods of birth control. But nothing is perfect, and no surgery is 100% safe or effective.
According to the experts, as many as 1 in 100 vasectomies may fail to prevent pregnancy within 5 years after having the procedure.
Important Fast Fact: It can take up to 15 ejaculations or six weeks for all of the old sperm to disappear. And sperm can appear again after the procedures due to healing abnormalities. This makes post- operative testing of sperm very important – even if you have one negative semen check, re-testing over time is a must do! Post-operative testing is the only way to be sure that your vasectomy is intact.
What about my sex life?
One of the most common concerns that men have after a vasectomy is that their ejaculate will seem different. The fact is that noticeable differences are rarely reported. This is because only 3% of the volume of a man’s ejaculate is made up of sperm. So your ejaculate will smell, taste and look the same as before your vasectomy. And no, you will not lose your sexual function!
Your sex drive, erection, orgasm, and ejaculation will not be affected by having a vasectomy. The only change in your body will be that sperm will be blocked from coming out. All of your male hormones will continue to function normally.
Sterility is not impotence. In fact, many men report that their sex life gets better after vasectomy because they no longer worry about an unwanted pregnancy.
|Pamela Madsen was the first Executive Director of RESOLVE NYC and is the Founder of The American Fertility Association. Pamela is an internationally known fertility advocate who has appeared on Oprah and countless other major media outlets. Currently, Pamela is a fertility coach and publisher of The Fertility Advocate. She is also a blogger for Psychology Today and SpermCheck® Fertility.